The Archives is open to the public for research:
* Vault materials:
Cannot be paged after 4:00 pm
Must be returned by 4:15 pm
* Appointments must be made in advance for viewing architectural plans. Appointments are available in two segments: 8:45 am to 11:45 am and 2:15 pm to 4:00 pm. For further information please call 617-727-2816.
The Massachusetts Archives is located on a 4.5-acre site on Columbia Point in the Dorchester section of Boston. The building houses the Archives, the Commonwealth Museum, a branch of the Judicial Archives, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and the State Record Center.
The 100,000-square-foot building, opened to the public in 1986, was designed to resemble the early forts on the surrounding shoreline. The building is equipped with computer-monitered climate control systems, fire detection and supression systems, twenty-four-hour security, a photolab, eight paper storage vaults, an artifact storage vault, a microfilm vault, and a conservation laboratory. Public areas include a reading room, exhibit space, and meeting rooms, all handicapped accessible.
Secretary of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
From the north: Rt. 3/1-93 to Exit 15 (Morrissey Blvd./JFK Library). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp. Follow signs for UMass Boston/JFK Library.
From the west: Rte. I-90 to Rte I-93 South. Follow signs for UMass Boston/JFK Library.
From the south: Rt. 3/1-93 to Exit 14 (Morrissey Blvd./JFK Library). Continue north on Morrissey Blvd. Follow signs for UMass Boston/JFK Library.
Free parking is available.
Take the MBTA Red Line to JFK/UMass station and board the #1 shuttle bus. Ask the driver to be dropped off at the Massachusetts Archives/JFK Library bus stop, which is about a two minute walk from the Archives building. The bus is free and runs every 5 minutes from the train station.
There is no cafeteria on the premises. Food is available at the JFK Library cafeteria and at UMass Boston.